INDIANOLA, Iowa — The Simpson baseball team dropped both halves of a doubleheader to Luther on Friday, losing game one 13-8 before falling 14-3 in seven innings in the nightcap.
Thanks to a late start because of a some scattered showers, game two didn't conclude until after 11:30 p.m.
Hunter Hillygus had a career-game with four hits in the opener but the Storm (5-21, 2-12 Iowa Conference) were hurt by Luther's seven-run fifth inning. Simpson committed four errors in the game that turned into nine unearned runs.
Simpson trailed 7-2 in the fifth before Josh Osborne's bases-clearing double tied it up 7-7. The comeback stalled, however, when Luther got three in the sixth, two on an error.
Teddy Klingsporn improved to 3-1 all-time against Simpson, fanning 10 in five innings of work for the Norse (13-11, 7-7). Colin Coffey picked up a rare four-inning save and Trey Kehoe suffered the loss. Kehoe (1-3) allowed 10 runs -- one earned -- in five innings.
Trent Dooley smacked a solo homer to lead off game two but Luther came back with seven in the second and Simpson couldn't recover.
Simpson hosts Luther in the final game of the three-game set Saturday at 10 a.m.